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ariez

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camcorders - flash memory

have a few questions about camcorders....

1) what happened to viewfinders? why only lcd's now?
2) do camcorders now not let you record a time/date stamp on the video like they used to in the past?
3) any benefit of recording in 1280x720 or 1920x1080 if the video will be transferred to a dvd (720x480)?
4) any benefit of recording in avchd instead of mp4 if video will be transferred to dvd?
5) do all camcorders now only let you record in 20-30 intervals per file instead of one continuous recording?


aurgathor

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1) what happened to viewfinders? why only lcd's now?

Cost saving and probably most people fine with the LCD.

3) any benefit of recording in 1280x720 or 1920x1080 if the video will be transferred to a dvd (720x480)?

Depends on the bitrate used the to record at the particular resolution. Higher initial bitrate may yield a better DVD.

4) any benefit of recording in avchd instead of mp4 if video will be transferred to dvd?

A lot depend on the implementation and the bitrate. On my GF-1 AVCHD "*really* sucks" with fast moving content while good ol' mpeg just simply "sucks"

I wish there were a camcorder where I could set the amount of compression.

5) do all camcorders now only let you record in 20-30 intervals per file instead of one continuous recording?

Many allow you to record up to 4 GB, however long that may be.
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Hayward
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said by aurgathor:

1) what happened to viewfinders? why only lcd's now?

Cost saving and probably most people fine with the LCD.

Well I am not one of them. Living in the land of blazing sun, cams with no viewfinders are near useless down here in the day time. Fine indoors and semi OK in shade or late sun but not in direct sun mid day...you just are pointing and hoping.
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